If you search for “Biogas Information” the chances are that you will end-up at a Leading UK Anaerobic Digestion Information Portal, which is run by consultant NNFCC.
In early July 2015 I visited the NNFCC stand while at the UK AD & Biogas show at the NEC, Birmingham , United Kingdom, and I found out more about the company that provides what it describes as “the Official AD Information Portal” (for the UK), which I thought our readers would find interesting.
The Biogas Information 5 Things You Might Like to Know About
You guys seem to read articles with titles with numbers in them, so I have put together what I found out in a list of 5 items, as follows:
1. The NNFCC is a ‘not for profit’ company and essentially a consulting organisation.
They run the website (www.biogas-info.co.uk) providing reliable and well-informed biogas information. It has been around for just over 5 years, having been set up by them when they won a UK government contract to build, and maintain it. The purpose of the site was then (as we presume it continues to be), provided to help publicize the potential for biogas plants to be developed in the UK, and assist with the renaissance of the UK Anaerobic Digestion industry.
2. They have just recently relaunched their AD website (in 2015), having updated the subject matter, and reduced the content to its core subjects in biogas information, to improve the experience for users.
For example, the very useful list of Anaerobic Digestion Plant suppliers, is very useful biogas information. It covers UK and EU suppliers and contractors, is the most comprehensive list available anywhere.
However, if you added your company previously do check your listing at http://www.biogas-info.co.uk/resources/suppliers/ .
We noticed that although dead links to defunct AD supplier and biogas information websites have been removed in this website update, other details such as phone numbers, and company addresses, can still be out of date.
3. There is no longer any public funding for them to provide biogas information.
The site has not been funded by the government for a while, so it is good news that NNFCC will continue to maintain it, albeit in 2015 that was in a somewhat less comprehensive form than previously, when it was government-funded.
4. The www.biogas-info.co.uk suppliers list is a useful resource for many people.
Suppliers can still add their company details to the list of Anaerobic Digestion Suppliers for free.
We think that it is a useful resource, but don’t forget that we have our own list in Spreadsheet format which can be seen at http://anaerobic-digestion.com/free-list-uk-anaerobic-digestion-plant-contractors/ , and there is also a US and Canada version at http://anaerobic-digestion.com/free-list-us-and-canadian-biogas-plant-contractors/ . (Contact Us with any additions or changes for your company.)
5. The NNFCC provides this biogas information portal, because it is what they call a bio-economy consultant. It is self-styled as, “the UK’s leading bioeconomy consultancy”, and we have no doubt that this description is well-founded.
They describe their staff team as having:
“… a broad blend of skills and industrial backgrounds covering agriculture, biology, environmental science, energy engineering, chemistry, and material and polymer science. This diversity gives us a unique perspective on the development of the bioeconomy, the interaction between energy, fuel and material markets and the importance of environmental and social impacts.
Their consultancy services include:
” Biogas information, Market analysis, Sustainability compliance and reporting, Policy and regulatory guidance and advice, Business planning and opportunity appraisal, Anaerobic Digestion Plant Feedstock assessment and sourcing, Technology and economic appraisal”
The NNFCC publishes an annual report which is for sale to the public. It is named ‘AD Deployment in the UK‘ and within it they monitor Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas market activity in a biogas information packed document.
The report provides:
“… a national and regional breakdown, with in-depth commentary on the policy and regulatory landscape, recent and imminent changes, and an overview of development trends. The current report is accompanied by a spreadsheet of over 700 AD plants, either operational, under construction, consented or planned across the UK, with details of plant location, size, feedstock requirements and outputs.”
To find out more about the report and their associated biogas information services visit their website, here http://www.nnfcc.co.uk/bioenergy/ad-deployment-report .
They also operate a free mailing list for all subscribers, and those that join-up receive their:
“weekly market updates relating to general biogas information, biomass feedstocks, bioenergy, biofuels, etc.
If you require more tailored biogas information from them or would like to benefit from some one-to-one support, they also offer a membership service. The current entry-level price at the time of writing this is £80/yr (exclusive of VAT).
We understand that NNFCC members at the entry-level can gain access to biogas technical information via emails and their website. Alternatively, for £800 (exclusive of VAT) members receive more one-to-one biogas information tailored to their needs, along with event discounts and most importantly, a days’ worth of consultancy support on anything relating to the bioeconomy.
We think that this service would be particularly useful to people who are developing their own Anaerobic Digestion Projects.
More Biogas Information from Around the Web
Biogas refers to a mixture of different gases produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. Biogas can be produced from raw materials such as agricultural waste, manure, municipal waste, plant material, sewage, green waste or food waste. Biogas is a renewable energy source.
Biogas can be produced by anaerobic digestion with methanogen or anaerobic organisms, which digest material inside a closed system, or fermentation of biodegradable materials.
This closed system is called an anaerobic digester, biodigester or a bioreactor. via Biogas – Wikipedia
Producing Biogas for Waste Reduction
One main advantage of biogas is the waste reduction potential. Biogas production by anaerobic digestion is popular for treating biodegradable waste because valuable fuel can be produced while destroying disease-causing pathogens and reducing the volume of disposed waste products.
Biogas is Clean Burning
Biogas burns more cleanly than coal, and emits less carbon dioxide per unit of energy. The carbon in biogas was recently extracted from the atmosphere by photosynthetic plants. Releasing it back into the atmosphere adds less total atmospheric carbon than burning fossil fuels.
Thus, biogas production kills two birds with one stone: it reduces waste and produces energy. In addition, the residues from the digestation process can be used as high quality fertilizer. This closes the nutrient cycle. via BiGEast
Biogas is a fuel gas, a mixture consisting of 65% methane (CH4) and of
35% CO2. It is a renewable energy resulting from biomass.
Resources of biogas in the world
According to a study made by the ADEME biogas represents in the world a resource comparable to fossil gas yearly consumption (1.800 Mtep/year). This energy is too dispersed in the world to be easily recoverable but the potential is evaluated from 100 to 300 Mtep/year. The quantity valued today is that of 0,5% of the total potential biogas resources in the world. via BiogasRenewables
The USA has large expanses of agricultural and farm land across most states which makes it ideal for taking advantage of process such as anaerobic digestion and biogas production.
We are all familiar with processes such as the fermentation of hops and fruits to make alcoholic drinks, something we’ve been doing for thousands of years, which involves anaerobic digestion. It is only in the last 40 years, however, that we have been seriously looking at ways to produce valuable fuel in the form of biogas from our waste.
It is a process that occurs naturally around our planet, particularly in old landfills, and can produce by-products such as methane gas. In fact, the first discovery of a flammable gas being created from waste matter goes as far back as the 17th Century but it wasn’t until recently that research and development made it possible to utilise this potential on a much larger scale. via AnaerobicDigesters&BioGas
Cost of Anaerobic Digesters
The cost of commercial anaerobic digesters is larger compared to other renewable technologies but the payback time, because the waste is free, is often fairly quick.
Projects need to take into account the amount of work that is needed to maintain safe operational procedures when dealing with toxic or flammable materials. This was highlighted earlier this year when the owner of a digester in Dorset was prosecuted after the death of a maintenance engineer who was overcome by hydrogen sulphide fumes. via AnaerobicDigesters&BioGas
The biogas information provided on the Biogas-Info website should not only to help to verify the viability, or otherwise of the proposed AD Facility. But, would be likely also to provide biogas information which can be passed on to potential investors as a 3rd party endorsement of the potential for the project.
We hope that this article satisfied the expectations we generated from our title of “5 things you need to know about the Leading UK AD Information Portal“, and has proved interesting to you.
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